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Museum of Life + Science
Ranked #3 of 75 things to do in Durham
Certificate of Excellence
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: The Museum of Life and Science is one of North Carolina’s top attractions. Situated on 84-acres, our interactive science park includes a science center, a butterfly conservatory which is one of the largest in the world and beautifully-landscaped outdoor exhibits which are safe havens for rescued black bears, lemurs, and endangered red wolves. The Museum's Dinosaur Trail takes visitors on a journey through the Late Cretaceous period. Other attractions include a Farmyard, Ellerbe Creek Railway, Contraptions – a hands-on exhibit for older children and adults, a sailboat pond, The Lab in Investigate Health!, Play to Learn – an exhibit for children under six, more than 60 species of live animals and so much more. The Museum of Life and Science is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.
Useful Information: Wheelchair access, Stairs / elevator, Stroller parking, Activities for young children, Lockers / storage, Food available for purchase, Bathroom facilities, Activities for older children
Sharon,Vermont United States
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4 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Fun”
Reviewed November 27, 2011

I may be in my fourty's but I was a kid at heart. This is a fantastic place to explore even if you are an adult. The staff was wonderful and the area was an learning experience.

Visited November 2011
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Cool and interesting for all ages”
Reviewed November 27, 2011

Many brilliant hands on exhibits - make a tornado, butterfly conversatory, NASA cockpit. Interesting for both kids and adults

Visited September 2011
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Atlanta
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50 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Excellent family outing!!!”
Reviewed November 14, 2011

This is a wonderful, interactive facility. We had 4 children in our family group of 12, also. I was able to obtain a wheelchair (only leaving my driver's license as "security") for my 90 year old mother-in-law. They also allowed us to obtain a "group rate", since we called the day before and had a group of 10 or more. It was a fabulous outing and enjoyed by all....from age 5 to 90 !! I would highly recommend it!

Visited November 2011
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New Hampshire
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Cool Exhibits”
Reviewed November 1, 2011

The staff here is fantastic. Interesting, cool and informative. Awesome butterfly exhibit. Viewed bears too.

Visited October 2011
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Canton, Ohio
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131 reviews
26 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“very family friendly”
Reviewed October 18, 2011

My husband & I wanted to get outside & I read they had outdoor exhibits to see. This is very family friendly, lots for kids to see & do! The kids can run & play & learn. We enjoyed the Magic Wings butterfly house & Insectarium. Very cool & learned something. I also enjoyed walking through the Explore the Wild seeing bears & wolves. A must see w/ kids!

Visited October 2011
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